How (And When) To Take Someone To Small Claims Court

If you ever get ripped off for a few thousand dollars, you might not be able to – or need to – hire an attorney. You should consider suing in small claims court. Here’s how that works. » 3/19/15 2:20pm 3/19/15 2:20pm

Why You Should Never Buy Gap Insurance From A Car Dealer

In my practice, I review automobile purchase documents all day long. And I cringe every time I see someone who has purchased the overpriced gap insurance from the dealer. They’ve been ripped off to the tune of several hundred dollars and probably had no idea. » 3/09/15 2:47pm 3/09/15 2:47pm

History's Most Expensive Crankshaft

Ever break a crankshaft? It's not the easiest thing to do and it will cost you quite a bit to repair. But that's nothing compared to the cost of Hadley's crankshaft. That one affected future generations, to the tune of billions of dollars. » 2/25/15 2:24pm 2/25/15 2:24pm

How To Limit Your Risk When Selling A Used Car

A lot of my advice has focused on how not to get ripped off when buying a car, but I also get asked from time to time what advice I have for individuals who are selling a used car to another individual. Here's what you need to know when selling a car. » 1/20/15 1:57pm 1/20/15 1:57pm

Your Car Was Damaged While In The Shop. Who Pays?

You bring your car to a dealer for repair and when you pick it up it has a dent in it. The manager tells you to file a claim with your insurance company because he does not know what happened to your car. What do you tell him? » 1/07/15 1:28pm 1/07/15 1:28pm

How To Fight Odometer Fraud

Ever bought a car with a tampered odometer? Despite the existence of Carfax, Autocheck and the like, odometer fraud still happens all the time. But, they have laws for that – if you catch it in time. Here is what you need to know. » 12/10/14 3:04pm 12/10/14 3:04pm

The Time Chrysler Tried To Steal Their Customers' Cars

Remember when Chrysler went bankrupt? During the early days of that financial catastrophe, Chrysler tried stealing a bunch of customers' cars, including my client's. » 11/28/14 2:04pm 11/28/14 2:04pm

Why You Don't Want To Buy A Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle

Ever been tempted to buy a Rebuilt Salvage vehicle? Formerly wrecked but now legal to drive, the former Salvage vehicle might be substantially less expensive than another similar vehicle without that designation. I would caution you: Rebuilt Salvage vehicles are the fool's gold of the automotive world. » 11/06/14 2:33pm 11/06/14 2:33pm

Can You Count On A Salesperson's "Expert" Advice?

You buy a truck to pull your boat trailer and specifically ask the salesperson if it will do the job. He assures you it will. Afterwards, you discover it couldn't pull your trailer downhill with a tailwind. Can you sue to un-do that deal? Probably not – unless you took specific steps to protect yourself. » 10/30/14 1:48pm 10/30/14 1:48pm

The Six Commandments Of Driving Are Rules We Can All Get Behind

Driving is about freedom, and that's why we all love it so much. But freedom comes with responsibilities and rules as well. What guidelines should we all follow for the good of ourselves and everyone else on the road? Opponaut Distraxi has six I like. » 4/26/14 1:36pm 4/26/14 1:36pm

Safety Board's Plan To Stop Semi-Trucks From Crushing People

The National Transportation Safety Board says more than half of the semi-trucks that hit pedestrians had no idea they'd crushed somebody. They're aiming to fix that with blind-spot mitigation tech, and protective side skirts. » 4/09/14 5:34pm 4/09/14 5:34pm

California Is Rushing To Create Some Rules For Driverless Cars

California took a big step in 2012 to effectively give the OK to autonomous cars on public roads. Now they're racing against a deadline to write the rules of the road for driverless vehicles. Looks like it's going to be quite a long road, though. » 3/12/14 7:00pm 3/12/14 7:00pm

It's Now OK To Use GPS On Your Phone In California

Rejoice, rejoice, people who have ever used a map! For it is now legal to use said map on that little device that is the new repository for all maps, your cell phone, in California. A court decision just made it legal to use Google Maps or whatever, just as long as you're not talking on the phone. » 2/27/14 8:00pm 2/27/14 8:00pm

Russian Army Tanks Decide Who Has Right Of Way

Some Russian dudes were cruising along, minding their own dash cam when a military tank blasted out of the snow and across their path like something out of GoldenEye. » 2/27/14 12:30pm 2/27/14 12:30pm

Georgia Tries To Criminalize Driving Slow In The Fast Lane Again

The bill proposed by the Georgia state house of representatives that would slap a misdemeanor on drivers who ride slow in the fast lane has been reinvigorated and will once again try and make it through the state senate to become law. » 2/26/14 9:00pm 2/26/14 9:00pm

Texas Cop Issues Ticket For Parking Brake Law No One Knows About

Parking tickets are sometimes issued for trivial things, but how pissed would you be if you got back to your legally parked car and saw a ticket for not setting the parking brake? » 10/04/13 10:46am 10/04/13 10:46am

The Top New York Toll Dodgers Are A Bunch Of Corporations And Some Lady…

Paying tolls sucks, but what are you gonna do, skip them? Not a good idea, but that's what some people do — usually trucking company employees and rental car customers. » 12/19/12 3:00pm 12/19/12 3:00pm

How Do We Fight The Automotive Nanny State?

Driving is supposed to be about freedom, but as the years go by, being ‘free' behind the wheel increasingly becomes a myth. How do we fight back? » 11/14/12 5:00pm 11/14/12 5:00pm

One Federal Agency Wants To Make Driving Into A Nanny State

The National Transportation Safety Board wants you to think that it is constantly looking out for you. Part of that crusade is an attempt to mandate technology to make driving safer. » 11/14/12 10:45am 11/14/12 10:45am

Paris' Mayor Wants To Ban Old Cars

What would Paris be without old Citroëns, Peugeots, and Renaults? By now, they're part of the landscape, immortalized on film countless times against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. » 11/14/12 10:00am 11/14/12 10:00am